From the Daily Mercury editor's desk
Good evening valued subscriber.
Some people hold a cynical view of the media.
News organisations are portrayed as not caring about anything but the next sensational headline.
But let me tell you something about Mackay's Daily Mercury.
The Mercury is made up of ordinary people. People with families, with mortgages, with bills to pay.
People living across the Mackay region from Sarina all the way out to Gargett.
It's why we get so angry when we see other hard-working Mackay locals, people working in the building industry, being let down time and again.
For many months we've been highlighting the many instances of subbies not getting paid, and we've campaigned for the reforms needed to stop it happening.
Which is why we've been driving the message home to those in power once more with our new 'Back Our Subbies' campaign.
Today we've had a breakthrough.
The State Government will fund a public court examination into the collapse of Rockhampton-based JM Kelly Builders Pty Ltd.
Witnesses will include company director John Murphy in a bid to obtain information to support potential civil and criminal claims.
So we've had some success. But there's more to do, much more.
Beneath the Daily Mercury masthead sits a slogan, 'We're for you'.
It's more than just words. It's our promise to you, our loyal readers, to use our influence to fight for your interests.
It's a disgrace when decent, hard-working people don't get paid for their work.
We're campaigning to change that. We hope you support us.
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Although, in good news, police tell us our crime rates are down.
While our disaster crews prepared for the worst at the beginning of the week, the severe weather warning has since been cancelled.
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